The Indians continued to waste opportunities, as they have all season long, and allowed the Twins to finish off the sweep, losing 5-1. Carlos Carrasco was strong for five innings (but not six) and the Indians’ offense blew chances to bury Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn early.
I’m kind of glad this game wasn’t on TV in the Cleveland area. Games like this usually make me want to vomit. For instance, in the second inning, Chris Gimenez had runners on first and second, and if Indians radio broadcaster Tom Hamilton’s description is accurate (and it usually is), then Gimenez bunted directly back to the pitcher, who easily threw out the slow-footed Matt LaPorta. Michael Brantley was the next batter, he singled to load the bases, but if Gimenez had lain down a good bunt (or better yet, not bunted), then the game’s complexion would have changed. As it was, the inning ended when Drew Sutton (who seems to be auditioning for a utility role next year) grounded into a double play. Pathetic.
Speaking of pathetic, how about Aaron Laffey new facial hair? I don’t know if he has it today, but he had it Sunday, and it makes the Baby-Faced Bulldog look … hilarious, really. (And by “new facial hair” I mean new since his last stint in Cleveland.) As soon as I can find a picture I’ll post or link to it.
While we’re talking about pathetic, why is Jayson Nix still getting at bats? 2 for his last 33 ABs, with only 1 walk in that span. With some seriously ugly defense at third base. And you’re still trying to tell me that he’s better than Jared Goedert would have been? I so hope he’s playing his way out of the 2011 picture. I need one more Marte Par-Tay before he goes.
Finally, since I’m linking all my points together and I was speaking of the 2011 picture, hasn’t Carlos Carrasco vaulted himself not only into the rotation, but into the top three? He was rock solid for 5.2 innings, and then gave up 5 consecutive hits. But this September stint has been as impressive as last September’s was awful. Fausto Carmona and Justin Masterson are probably your #1 and #2 as of right now, I’d say Carrasco has vaulted himself up to 3 because, well, no one else seems to want it. Mitch Talbot is also a lock to make the rotation, hopefully he won’t fade as hard down the stretch, although when you look at his inning totals, it makes a little more sense.
Tribe takes on the Royals at home on Thursday. 7:05 first pitch.